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J. P. Piquette journal

 Collection — Box: BW-9
Identifier: MS-0521

Scope and Contents

Manuscript natural history journal recording ecological observations in Baltimore from February 11, 1899 to March 17, 1901. Includes detailed records of urban and suburban Baltimore at the turn of the Century.

The author, J.P. Piquette, was a highly proficient amateur natural historian as evidenced by countless detailed records. The journal follows Piquette's weekly urban, suburban, and rural natural history walks along specified routes.

The journal consists of 168 long folio pages constituting a very nice local history. Modern ecologists will find, in Piquette's descriptions, benchmarks circa year 1900 of plant, animal, and insect life in and around Baltimore. Maryland historians will find Baltimore and suburban scenes comprising buildings, railroad tracks, plants, birds, mammals, and/or people. In it's entirety, the folio is 289 pages.


  • Creation: 1899-1901


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical Note

J.P. Piquette lived at 1401 Edmondson Avenue (near the southeast corner of Harlem Park) in Baltimore, Maryland. Judging from the manuscript, Piquette worked in an office setting, but enjoyed hiking and observing nature.


0.167 Cubic Feet (1 volume)

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Manuscript natural history journal recording ecological observations in Baltimore, fom February 11, 1899 to March 17, 1901. Also includes Baltimore and suburban history.


The journal was purchased from Carmen Valentino in November 2007.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Kelly Spring on 29 December 2009.


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Repository Details

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